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Renewable EnergyEdit

There are some other very interesting ways to use solar to reduce our costs, such as for hot water heating for the pool house. That has a 3-10% return on investment, which is better than mutual funds right now. It uses a different technology than generating electricity, which is what most people think of when thinking of "solar". Look at "The Solar Sourcebook" at [www.gaiam.com/category/solar-living/sustainable-library.do] for details.

Discounts, Grants, and other Cost SavingsEdit

Maryland provides some grants to help with costs. (NEED MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS)

Recommended VendorsEdit

Energy AuditsEdit

Ecobeco
(under the Pepco program)

++We used Ecobeco under the Pepco program (energy audits for $100). I would not necessarily recommend them -- they used the report as an opportunity to market services to the point where I wonder about its findings. They also take a while to issue the report. In other ways, however, they were very good. For example, the auditor spent extra time with us on an issue unrelated to the services the company was marketing. And they will follow up once you make improvements and help you assess the success. I don't know if that means that they will come in again with the blower fans and measure the house's efficiency again or not.

Live Green
(under the Pepco subsidized program)
(301)674-1700 or (301)652-5272
www.livegreenhome.com

+++++Michael, who did the audit, is great. He was very professional and made recommendations that would give us the most bang for our buck. I never felt like he was trying to sell us anything or do anything other than evaluate our home. We got a couple quotes form other companies based on the audit that Live Green did but ended up using Live Green to do the work - putting insulation in our attic, the ceiling of our upstairs, and in the crawl space below the basement. Our house feels so cozy now. I am very happy with the difference that it has made. We just had the work done a week ago so I can't yet report on a reduction in our energy bills.

Pascale Maslin
202-557-9200
efficiency@epower3.com
www.energyefficiencyexperts.com

Standard Energy Solutions
www.standardenergysolutions.com

+++++We used Standard for an energy audit. They cost $100 and and they were here for about two hours. They sent me a comprehensive report.

Solar EnergyEdit

For a complete listing in our area, go to: findsolar.com.

Aurora Energy
www.aurora-energy.com

Capital Sun Group
Al Nunez
(202) 270-5000

Chesapeake Solar
Columbia, MD
Chesapeakesolar.net
Very well-respected in the environmetal movement, used by a lot of local enviros, and local references

Standard Solar
Lee Bristol
Gaithersburg, MD
standardsolar.com
The oldest company around here, 20 years. Excellent references, including local projects.

Potomac Regional Solar Energy Association
www.crest.org/renewables/prsea/
They have classes, events, and other cool stuff.

Wind EnergyEdit

Chesapeake Solar
Columbia, MD
Chesapeakesolar.net
Very well-respected in the environmetal movement, used by a lot of local enviros, and local references